Ex-SC officer pleads guilty to civil rights charge

GREENVILLE, SC - GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina police officer accused of hitting a homeless man has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor civil rights violation.

Multiple media outlets report that 25-year-old Matthew Scott Jowers entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Greenville.

Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald says Jowers and other officers stopped a man in September and slammed him into a car so hard that it left a dent. McDonald says Jowers also put his hands around the man's neck.

Jowers apologized in court and will be sentenced later. He faces up to a year in prison.

Jowers left the Greenville Police Department in September after three years. McDonald says an investigation into the department is ongoing, and other officers will likely be charged.

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